Wales head coach Warren Galtand has stated that he wants to lead the British and Irish Lions into their New Zealand tour in 2017, explaining that he would relish the opportunity.

The Lions had a tour earlier this year which was successful, as Gatland led a strong team comprised with some of the best talents in the British Isles to beat Australia 2-1 in the test series, winning on the final day 41-16 in New South Wales.

But the 50-year-old speaking to Sky Sports, stated it would be a great opportunity after his side's great spell in Australia.

"It was an incredible experience, I was humbled and privileged. For me to go to New Zealand in 2017 would be a great opportunity for me, but there is still a huge amount of water to pass under the bridge before that."

Gatland spent his rugby career in New Zealand, spending eight years at Waikato, he then went on to coach a number of teams including London Wasps, Ireland and his former club Waikato.

The last time The Lions went on a tour of New Zealand was back in 2005, where Sir Clive Woodward led the team, with Brian O'Driscoll at the team captain.

But Woodward's side came away licking their wounds after picking up three straight defeats to the All Blacks, with Dan Carter stealing the show.

But before the Kiwi focuses on the 2017 tournament, there are a number of obstacles in front of him, including the upcoming RBS Six Nations where Wales have the opportunity to be the first team to win tournament three years in a row.

"For me, the focus over the next couple of years is to do well with Wales." He continued, "And if Wales do well in the Six Nations and the World Cup, then you put yourself in the frame to hopefully be asked again."

However, the Wales coach concluded it is a dream of his, something that appeals to his coaching career.

"You never know, if I was asked to do it again and particularly in my own country, it would be something i would relish."


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